The Ara Table Lamp by Philippe Starck for Flos features an adjustable head that tapers to a horn-shaped point.
"The history of the lamp appears to be the story of any object, but in the lamp there is the magic of light, a dream and an intuition which cannot be explained. This lamp is very personal, it is a fine thread stretched between our spirit and the object. I believe that the objects which surround us must be reborn and come out of the industrial era in order to enter the human era. Now you know more about this small lamp than I do." Philippe Starck
MoMa Design Collection > The history of the lamp appears to be the story of any object, but in the lamp there is the magic of light, a dream and an intuition which cannot be explained.—Philippe Starck
The thousands of projects - complete or forthcoming - his global fame and tireless protean inventiveness should never distract from Philippe Starck’s fundamental vision: Creation, whatever form it takes, must improve the lives of as many people as possible.
Starck vehemently believes this poetic and political duty, rebellious and benevolent, pragmatic and subversive, should be shared by everyone and he sums it up with the humour that has set him apart from the very beginning: "No one has to be a genius, but everyone has to participate."
His precocious awareness of ecological implications, his enthusiasm for imagining new lifestyles, his determination to change the world, his love of ideas, his concern with defending the intelligence of usefulness – and the usefulness of intelligence – has taken him from iconic creation to iconic creation...
From the everyday products, furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega yachts, hotels that stimulate the senses, phantasmagorical venues and individual wind turbines, he never stops pushing the limits and criteria of contemporary design. His dreams are solutions, solutions so vital that he was the first French man to be invited to the TED conferences (Technology, Entertainment & Design) alongside renowned participants including Bill Clinton and Richard Branson.
Inventor, creator, architect, designer, artistic director, Philippe Starck is certainly all of the above, but more than anything else he is an honest man directly descended from the Renaissance artists.